There’s good news for culture lovers in the West End – Websters Theatre is to reopen at the end of the month.
The venue has just announced that theatre patrons will be able to visit again following its forced closure last month.
The bar and bistro, however, will remain closed for the immediate future to allow for repairs.
Websters closed at the start of August after a stone fragment fell from the building’s steeple during high winds and heavy rain.
The converted church on Great Western Road only opened to the public last year.
Operations manager Andy McCartney said news of the partial reopening was welcome.
“Everyone here is delighted that we are now able to reopen the theatre shortly.
“And we will be working as hard as we can to reopen the bar and bistro just as soon as the repairs are carried out.
“A lot of work has gone in to getting us to this stage – and we can’t wait to welcome our patrons back to the theatre.”
The nature of the damage to the steeple means the main door entry onto Great Western Road will remain closed.
When the theatre reopens at the end of September, the public will use the North Woodside Road door which is the grand west entrance to the building.
Websters says this original main entrance to Lansdowne Church will make a good permanent entrance to the theatre.
To coincide with news of the opening, the theatre has issued a full autumn programme of shows (see end of post)
Websters opened in Glasgow architect John Honeyman’s Category ‘A’ listed Lansdowne Church in recent years and has been steadily gaining in popularity.
Its bistro had just celebrated its first anniversary since opening when the theatre was forced to close.
The Four Acres Charitable Trust has been working with the Church of Scotland for several years to try and establish a long term use for the building.
Many new features have been added this year to make the venue an appealing theatre space.
An outside beer garden recently opened and a new heating system and outdoor lighting have been installed.
The new bar, restaurant and theatre is named after the designer of the stained glass Alf Webster.
John Honeyman’s Lansdowne Church is one of Glasgow’s finest church buildings, a unique landmark in the Victorian city.
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